I’ve written before about urbanism within art, how art allows us to understand and create new perspectives on urbanism, and how urbanism affects art. Much of this art has been prose or visual art – particularly photography. But here is a case of music and poetry. One of my favorite pieces is Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, using the text of James Agee’s eponymous poem. This poem describes Agee perhaps as a young boy one summer evening sitting with his family. His famous novel A Death in the Family has very similar themes of family – particularly autographical. What I find very interesting in this poem of his is the description of the urbanism of this moment. People sit on their porches people watching, watching couples walk down the street. A horse, an automobile, and a streetcar go by, making their own “music”. There is description of an urban “music”. There is also mention that this takes place at a certain time of day. What this is describing is the streetcar suburb urbanism of the early 20th century. But what even more it is describing the urban life within this space.